Lithium ion technology in cordless tools is fast moving away from the “new gimmick” to the standard type of battery being marketed across most brands. Now DeWalt has taken a step beyond the standard lithium ion design — they’ve formulated their own proprietary “nano phosphate lithium ion” battery.
One of the major advantages of a standard lithium ion battery is that it can be charged up to twice as many cycles as a traditional NiCad battery before it can no longer hold a charge. DeWalt claims their nano phosphate lithium ion battery goes beyond that, allowing for over 2,000 recharges — an estimated two to three times the cycles of other lithium ion batteries.
In addition to the longer life, the nano phosphate batteries share the other advantages of lithium ion technology — lighter weight, longer charges, slow decay rate, and cross compatibility with DeWalt’s standard line. These new nano phosphate lithium ion batteries are available in 18V for use with DeWalt’s currently existing line, as well as 28V and 36V for more heavy-duty applications.